Poker site aimed towards college students.

22 10 2015

by Austin Brunick

43 states in the Union have a casino gambling age of 21. Meaning college students don’t have a place to play texas hold ‘em. The College Poker Tour is trying to change that.


The College Poker Tour (CPT) is an online site where college kids with a valid school email and ID are allowed to play in tournaments to gain rating. At the end of the season there is a national tournament that is similar to the BCS football tournament where the top 100 ranked players play against each other for a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship.


To build up to the national tournament, there are 3 daily tournaments a day. The top two finishers of a daily tournament move on to the weekly tournament,  which happens every Wednesday at 8:05 PM central time. If you win the weekly qualifier you get an automatic bye to the final round of the National Tournament. There is also a monthly invitational every other month and happens on the first of the month. If you win the monthly invitational you also get a bye to the final round of the tournament.


Because winning one  poker tournament is hard enough, and you have to win at least two to get into the final round national tournament, the CPT has implemented a point system to help those who do well in tournaments but can not close them down. The point system gives 100 points to a first place finish, 70 points for second, 50 points for third all the way down to 5 points for a 25th place finish.


“The College Poker Tour provides a safe place for college students to play the poker.” Said Brad Lonson, the Director of Operations of the CPT. Lonson went on to explain more in depth how the national tournament will work. “This year’s Championship will start online with four rounds of playoffs and players will be placed into the tournament by their rank. The final round will be played online until nine players remain. Those players will to be flown, all-expenses-paid, to Scottsdale, AZ to play for the National Championship and $10,000 towards tuition live on Saturday, May 23rd.”


“I play [poker] because I love the game,” said Adam Schindler, 18, a freshman at Iowa State University and currently ranked 18th “the CPT allows me to play the game I love legally and without betting away my tuition.” Schindler went on to say that he has met many new friends from all over the country and cheers them on every tournament they are in together.


Schindler, on top of getting third in the first weekly tournament, has also won a $25 gift card to Domino’s. Lonson says they have a weekly pizza tournament every friday night. The winner gets the gift card. “[Pizza friday] is a way to give the kids something to play for to break up the grind of trying to get into the national tournament.” Loson said. Loson and the CPT have more “fun” events planned for future tournaments but declined to comment on anything concrete.
If you are interested in joining the CPT go to and sign up using your Morningside email.

News Comment #7

9 10 2015

This is a fantastic op-ed piece by Charles M. Blow (a very good writer). The article reacts to how Dr. Ben Carson has been reacting to the Oregon shooting  and the statements he has been making on TV shows and even Facebook. Everything that Blow says in this article I completely 100% agree with. I think that Ben Carson is trying way to hard to gain fans by saying wild and crazy things, like Trump, but is doing so in a manner that offends everyone.

Carson wrote this on Facebook (according to Blow at least):

“There is no doubt that this senseless violence is breathtaking — but I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away.”

So is Carson implying that a shooting victim is less important to him than the right to arm oneself. If you ask me, Ben Carson is a loon.